My Digital Romance: 5 Apps For Couples Only

If social networking was a camera, the last few years it’s been stuck on 12x zoom.  We’ve watched as Millennials (and the users who follow their lead) have flocked to networks built for smaller and smaller networks, not abandoning their Facebook or Twitters, but adding more private networks like Snapchat and Kik to their profile collection in order to have more intimate conversations with friends and families. Now networks are zooming in even closer, with a wave of apps designed for just two people: apps for couples. It makes sense that as communication has switched almost entirely to digital formats, consumers would begin to look for tools to customize that communication according to the relationship of those conversing. And while some might mourn that apps for couples signal an increasingly de-personalized state of interaction between young people, the fact is that the majority of communication between Millennial couples is already likely to take place in the digital world: gchatting or texting while they’re at work all day, Skyping if they live far apart, or sending flirty Snapchats when they miss each other. Apps for couples—while not quite widely used as of yet—could be a natural addition to Millennials’ roster of networks, and can just as easily be used between besties as daters. Here are five apps for couples only to watch:

1. Avocado
As a social networking app for two, Avocado (so named because the fruit grows in pairs) has everything that partners (romantic or not) need to stay in touch from far apart. Private messaging, video sharing, location sharing, a shared calendar and even sketching so you can doodle some romantic notes by hand if you want to. Shared lists, which can be edited by both users, make everything from groceries to bucket lists a collaborative effort. But…

 
 

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